The Mountjoys

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 89 ratings

Children of Chance Publisher's Summary

Groom, best man, guests, even a bishop - but where is the bride? An orphan fresh out of convent school, Prue Pagan has no home and nowhere to go. Then a chance meeting with her worldly-wise friend Cleo lands her a summer job in the north of England at Mountjoy Castle, where generations of the Mountjoy family have loved, lusted, and scandalised their neighbours. Prue's innocence is no protection against the wickedness of the English upper classes. As a long sultry summer settles on the castle and its surrounding villages, Prue must find her feet and make friends in an unfamiliar world of musicians, aristocrats and witchy housekeepers - and fend off the advances of attractive, predatory Valdemar Mountjoy. Will Prue take fright, listen to her heart - or succumb to the temptations lurking on every side? Music, magic, mischief, and mayhem entangled with more than a hint of midsummer madness make for an enchanting, witty, and romantic listen. Escape into another world and delight in the lives of a host of fascinating characters. This is the England of Wodehouse and Downton Abbey, where wickedness and scandal lurk beneath the superb self-confidence of the upper classes.

©1994 Elizabeth Pewsey (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Children of Chance

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Groom, best man, guests, even a bishop - but where is the bride? An orphan fresh out of convent school, Prue Pagan has no home and nowhere to go. Then a chance meeting with her worldly-wise friend Cleo lands her a summer job in the north of England at Mountjoy Castle, where generations of the Mountjoy family have loved, lusted, and scandalised their neighbours. Prue's innocence is no protection against the wickedness of the English upper classes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pru's life has dramatic changes

    • By Kindle Customer on 03-03-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The World, the Flesh & the Bishop

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Who needs love? Not Quinta, who's made a good life for herself, bringing up her difficult young daughter, absorbed in her work as a violin maker. And she certainly doesn't need anybody to tell her how to live her life: She has it all sorted out, down to the last dot and comma. If it isn't on a list, it doesn't exist. When her old friend Lydia appears, jilted and angry, Quinta's orderly life is shaken and her past begins to catch up with her.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Unholy Harmonies

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    What if... Dionysus appeared in an English village? Justinia Fitz Odo: musician, dreamer, and would-be-dutiful wife. A wild and wicked autumn wind howls off the Eyotshire fells, bringing a mysterious stranger to the ancient town of Unthrang where she lives; a stranger who intervenes in the lives of the inhabitants in the most unpredictable and shocking ways. Meanwhile in nearby Eyot, unholy machinations in the dignified precincts of the cathedral threaten to destroy centuries of musical tradition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely brilliant!

    • By Kathie Ward on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Volcanic Airs

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Where would you rather be? Lonely and fog-bound in an ancient English castle... or sitting under the stars with friends on a magical Mediterranean island? Magdalena Mountjoy, furious with her impossible husband, the rakish Valdemar, doesn't hesitate when she has the chance to run away to Aeolus, a jewel of an island off the coast of Sicily. Yet every Eden has its serpent.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Unaccustomed Spirits

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Struck down by shingles, Cleo Byng postpones her wedding and heads north to recuperate at her infuriating Cousin Henry's house in the wintry Eyotshire village of Hazard. She's not sure what to expect, and Haphazard House turns out to be a dilapidated Elizabethan pile with few amenities and a doom-laden housekeeper, not to mention a strange pair who have been in residence for rather more than the usual life span and have a keen interest in modern technology.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Brotherly Love

    • A Mountjoy Novel
    • By: Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Unwanted visitors come in all shapes and sizes, from three selfish brothers to a crusader from the past. Mimi Mountjoy's life is suddenly filled with problems. Her business as a purveyor of fountains is threatened and her husband Edmund, who desperately needs to finish his book on the Templars, is afflicted with writer's block. Then Mimi's mother decamps abroad to escape her three unmarried sons - who promptly descend on their sister in Eyot, with extremely disruptive results.

    Regular price: $19.95